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Green Card

29 Nov

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Christmas is many things, but ecologically sound it most certainly is not. In recent weeks, at least two discount warehouses have appeared in nearby suburbs, essentially giant pop-up shops devoted to every variety of cheap, flashing, disposable plastic crap known to mankind, and then some.

The next few weeks are a retailer’s dream and a planet’s nightmare, so it’s rather nice to see Colonial First State Shopping Centres making a small, but interesting, concession to the environment.

Their national network of 29 shopping centres, including Chatswood Chase (NSW), Chadstone (VIC) and the Myer Centres (QLD, SA), have introduced biodegradable gift cards (below)—they look and feel like any of the other 10 billion plastic cards in the world (34 million kilos worth), but is made of wheat, beetroot and potato… designed to break down in 180 days in industrial compost.

To boot, the company is sending a Christmas gift to the Australian Conservation Foundation in the form of an undisclosed donation. Click hereto find a centre or buy a gift card online. You’ll go in the draw to win a $3,000 voucher for your troubles—we’d recommend spending it atFleur Wood or gorman (both at Chadstone and Chatswood Chase) or even Cue (multiple centres) which is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia… look for the ECA tag on their Australian made pieces.

Meanwhile, Colonial’s Christmas ambassador, MTV VJ Erin McNaught (above), a keen environmentalist, is teaming with the theme, dishing tips for a green Christmas:

1. GIVE A PLANET- FRIENDLY GIFT For a quick and easy gift idea, choose a gift that loves the planet with a biodegradable gift card.
Replace your existing lights with LEDs. They use up to 90% less energy than traditional incandescent Christmas lights.
Get creative and make personalised Christmas gift cards using recycled paper and materials [0r] purchase Christmas cards from organisations that raise funds for charity or a special cause. (ED’S NOTE: Try also eco options at Neo Tokyo and Raven & Lamb)
4. FESTIVE SEASON FROCK Make your selection from Australian retailers who use organic fabric to make beautiful garments. (ED’S NOTE: visit the fashion directory) Over 80,000 tonnes of old clothes will be thrown away this Christmas, so donate your old clothes to a local charity.
Use gift bags, boxes or recycled wrapping paper. Bags and boxes last longer and can be reused. Australians waste approx. 4,000 tonnes of paper each year—the equivalent of 25,000 trees.


Greening Beauty



An Apple A Day Keeps The Scalpel Away

19 May

By Paige Donner






This Rare Swiss Apple Fights Signs of Aging, Claims Skin Experts.

Stem cells are all the buzz nowadays. Thankfully, it’s not about slathering embryonic stem cells on skin. “Skincare specialists are not using embryonic stem cells; it is impossible to incorporate live materials into a skincare product,” explains Jeanette Jacknin M.D.  The buzz is around plant stem cells protecting the longevity of human stem cells.

Mibelle Biochemistry, a cosmeceutical company, was one of the first on the scene with the award winning PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica. It is based on the callus cells of a rare Swiss apple tree, Uttwiler Spätlauber, known for its fruit’s longevity. When a plant is wounded, the surrounding cells revert back into stem cells, forming callus cells. After the wound has healed, they return to their former state and build new tissue. They are totipotent cells which are known as cells with ‘total potential,’ meaning they can develop into any cell type and have the capacity to form an entire organism. These totipotent plant cells are the technology behind Apple Stem Cells; they stimulate and protect human stem cells while reducing wrinkle depth. They also reportedly have benefits in hair care, preventing hair loss and graying.

Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult or multipotent  stem cells are endogenous. They are present within our bodies and serve to maintain and repair the tissues in which they are found. Adult stem cells are found in many organs and tissues, including the skin. In fact, human skin is the largest repository of adult stem cells in the body. Skin stem cells reside in the basal layer of the epidermis where they remain dormant until they are activated by tissue injury or disease, explains Jeanette Jacknin M.D who spoke at 17th World Congress on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine in Orlando, Florida, April 23-25, 2009

There are several companies with skin serum products out usin this rare Swiss Apple. The Skin Stem Cell Serum for example, (Mallus Domestica) is a liposomal preparation based on the stem cells of that rare Swiss apple.It employs a novel technology enabling the cultivation of a rare and endangered species of apple, the Uttwiler Spatlauber. Thanks to this technology plant stem cells are now able to ensure longevity of skin cells. The skin serum claims to combat chronological aging of the skin.


Apple Stem Cells are one of the first of what is sure to be an onslaught of plant stem cells to emerge in the personal care industry. We already have our eye on up-coming selections. We’ll keep you posted.




Greening Beauty – Cliff Notes

19 May

By Paige Donner

Need a Quick Course on Green Beauty or looking to Green Your Beauty Regime? Look no further, Greening Beauty has the basics when it comes to the homework you’ll want to do before you throw out all your old beauty products and replace them with new, paraben-free, green and clean products. [We’re not recommending you do this all at once, mind you. Unless, of course, you’re an heiress…]!

  • A Scientific Treatise on why many over the counter cosmetics are poisoning you slowly and mostly through osmosis…

Of course, we can’t forget what you put ON your body… So why not make it Green FASHION!! This video is from New York Fashion Week…February 2010…

Can’t see the VIDEO? CLICK HERE>>>>


For all you Shopaholics…Summer has sourced the products for you and has already “been there, done that!”


Pangea And Sephora New BFF’s

19 May

Sephora Has a Crush on Pangea…
(Ok, Well, Maybe Just on Joshua But We Still Feel the Love!)

by Cheryl Locke

Dreamy do-gooder and Pangea Organics founder Joshua Onysko built his company on social responsibility. It makes us rest easier at night to think that the our fave Japanese Matcha Tea with Acai & Goji Berry Facial Mask was made by content employees receiving living wages.

We called this boy wonder, age 32, out of his garden to discuss everything from his veggie burger of choice (the one at San Francisco’s Plant Café) to his company’s commitment to women in developing countries.

Pangea Gets Its Good Sense From Nature Picture courtesy USA Today 
Beauty and the Blog: Why don’t you start by telling us what consumers should know about skincare?

Joshua Onysko: Skin is your largest organ. What you apply to it is an accoutrement to your diet. It’s important to feed your skin.bSkincare is no longer about concealing and hiding. It’s about establishing a long-term ritual. You can prevent and prolong wrinkles for an extreme amount of time with nourishing ingredients. At Pangea, we take nature and reconstruct it for the skin so that the nutrients are bio-available on a cellular level. We call it alchemy.

BATB: Like witchcraft?
JO: Not quite. Our modern day alchemy takes botanicals, oils, and lipids and reconstructs them for really strong benefits for your skin and results you can see and feel. Take Vitamin C as an example. What a lot of people don’t know is that the molecule is too big to penetrate pores. It’s not really absorbed into you. Some brands use another version called ascorbic acid, which is chocolate brown, yet they produce creams that are white. That’s a dead giveaway. The Pangea solution: Eat an orange.

BATB: Many of us already know your products are non-synthetic but what we don’t know is Pangea’s philanthropic work.
JO: For the last year, we’ve been collaborating with Women for Women International, a non-profit organization that helps women survivors of war. We got involved after learning some startling facts. 87% of food is grown by women, which would be fine except for the fact that only 1% of land is owned by women. It’s extremely difficult to build the infrastructure. Pangea wanted to help Women for Women [International] rebuild lives through education and job skills training.

BATB: Do you support other organizations?
JO: We pick and choose as we see fit. Fourteen years ago, I was at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where I met Jane Goodall and was blown away by her passion and over 50 years of working with local communities. Her work is not only with primates. We support her Roots & Shoots program, which educates youth on their local ecosystems.

BATB: Your company is just as locally conscious. What’s an average day like?
JO: Just yesterday, the seeds for our garden came in the mail. We call them seeds of change and we’re going to grow them in our 3000 square feet garden outside the office.

BATB: What’s in your garden?
JO: What’s not in our garden! Arugula, fennel, chilies, kale, sweet corn. I’ve decided that we’re going to run a sustainable company from the inside out.

BATB: And, what does the man who is set out to make the world a better place – one bar of soap at a time – do for his morning grooming routine?
JO: I wake up and shave; I mix dime-sized amounts of shower gel and body lotion. When I’m done, there’s toner and depending on the season Himalayan Geranium & Pomegranate Balancing Oil for an extra protective barrier. And three times a week, I use a scrub.

Learn more about Women for Women International at http://www.womenforwomen.org/ and Roots & Shoots at http://www.rootsandshoots.org/.

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